Jim is a partner in, and deputy practice group leader of, the firm's Insurance Recovery Group. Jim is "extraordinarily hard working, fantastic in terms of client relations and very much attuned to the cutting-edge issues" and "[h]e has an unbelievable knowledge base of coverage law and can easily identify the esoteric points," reports Chambers USA based upon interviews with clients and lawyers in the insurance coverage community. His national litigation practice focuses on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes involving product liability, product recall, product contamination, first party property and business interruption losses, additional insured and vendor endorsements, historic coverage for environmental and asbestos claims, cyber liability, director's & officer's liability, professional liability, employment practices liability, commercial crime and fidelity bonds, workers' compensation liability, domestic and UK insolvencies, and UK solvent schemes.
Jim also has served extensively as trial counsel in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, indemnity, construction, sales practices, environmental compliance, shareholder and partnership, RICO, and unfair competition. His representations have encompassed clients ranging in size from Fortune 50 corporations to family-owned businesses. He is familiar with a wide spectrum of manufacturing and service industry sectors, including retail, pharmaceutical, energy, financial institutions, food manufacturing, construction, real estate and consulting.
As a preeminent insurance coverage lawyer, Jim was elected to membership in the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC) in 2014. Jim regularly publishes and speaks on insurance recovery topics. He is the co-editor of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's website, he serves on the Committee's long range planning committee, and he previously chaired the Committee's Annual CLE Conference for 2008 and 2009, the Emerging Issues Subcommittee (second term), and the Programming Subcommittee.